mmm-yoso!!! is a food blog. Kirk, Ed (from Yuma) and Cathy are busy with everyday things and somehow find a way to document the mealtime portion of their days. Today's blogger, Cathy, is writing about one of her adventures in East County.
I've shared quite a few Grocers and Markets and their eat in the store food areas. This Spring Valley Market has been in business since 1956 on the NorthWest corner of Campo Road at Bancroft in Spring Valley. It never had an eat in area and never has had a deli section, selling prepackaged cold cuts in the store refrigerator.
Right there, on the corner of the parking lot at the intersection is a small building.
Note those two smokers to the left.
You kind of can't miss it. The small building has been here about a year now.
Walk up to the window, and a simple menu is on the White Board. Order, pay and have a seat...or go shopping in the store if you are going to take it to go (more on that later).
When we ordered, we saw one of the workers walking out a cart of ribs to add to one of the specially made very large smokers.
They know their business model and how much meat they will need- to sell inside the store as well as at the BBQ Sandwich Shop.
Our order- 1/2 smoked chicken with fresh made, smokey meaty baked beans and really good, fresh slaw ($6.99) There is an orange colored mustard based sauce that goes with the chicken available with other condiments at the counter; you can see a sliver of the cup at the top. The other item on the right is 1/2 lb of pulled pork ($7/lb)- smokey with a slightly sweet (also house made) sauce.
I apologize for the photos. We sat at one of the two outside tables, which have red umbrellas... In any case, the chicken is perfectly cooked, moist, smokey witha ring and doesn't need the sauce; it's that good.
We do shop here as part of our rotation of markets. The Produce Department is always interesting. You can see part of the wine, beer and liquor selections against the wall in this photo.
This isn't the whole butcher counter, which spans the back of the store. There are pork, and lamb, house made sausages as well as house made chorizo and house made carne asada (wet and dry) and pollo asada.
Opposite the meat counter is an area of warm shelves and smoked meats and fish, sold by the pound. (In case you'd rather try some of the smoked items at home)
The seafood counter has high quality selections...wild caught and sustainable.
They make the Ahi Poke here too. It's good.
I mentioned if you didn't want to eat at one of the two outdoor tables, there are options...take a left out of the side parking lot (go North on Bancroft) about 3/4 mile and on your right is Eucalyptus Park.
Valley Farm Market 9050 Campo Road Spring Valley, CA 91977 (619)463-9595, meat department (619) 463-5723 open 9-9 daily. Sandwich shop (619)303-8343 open 10-7 daily. Website